Museum Entry Info
Paris City museums are open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. except on Mondays. National museums are closed on Tuesdays with the exception of the Orsay, Rodin, Versailles, and the Trianon. The Paris Museum and Monument Pass provides free, direct (no waiting in line), and unlimited access to museums and monuments with permanent collections in Paris and the Ile-de-France region for a period of two, four, or six consecutive days. Children under 18 are allowed free access in most of the museums and monuments which are included in the Paris Museum and Monument Pass list.
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Popular Museums in Paris
|Les Invalides (7th) is a complex of buildings
containing museums and monuments, all of which relate to the military history of France. Louis XIV initiated the project in an order from 1670 as a retirement home and hospital for 6000 aged and war-wounded soldiers. The buildings house the Musée de l'Armée, the military museum of the Army of France, the Musée des Plans-Reliefs, and the Musée d'Histoire Contemporaine, as well as the burial site for some of France's war heroes including Napoleon.
~ Metro stops: Latour-Maubourg, Invalides, Saint-François-Xavier, and Varenne ~
|Le Musée des Arts Decoratifs (1st)
is near the the Musée du Louvre and is a monument to the French art de vivre, housed in a 19th-century wing of the Louvre that has been restored to Beaux-Arts splendor. Its galleries and period rooms showcase eight centuries of Gallic taste in interior decoration.
~ 107, Rue de Rivoli ~
|Musée Carnavalet (3rd) is a museum of Paris history and is noted for its collection of French Revolution artifacts, such as David's famous painting Serment du Jeu de Paume. It is situated in two famous 16th and 17th-century mansions with a circuit of more than 140 rooms displaying archeological remains from prehistory to modern times.
It has collections of archeological pieces going back to the Bronze and Iron age, artifacts, coins and medals, more than 500 000 drawings, prints, and photographs.
~ 23 Rue de Sevigne ~
|Centre Georges-Pompidou (4th) is a complex in the Beaubourg area in Paris near Les Halles and the Marais. It houses the Bibliothèque publique d'information (a vast public library), the Musée National d'Art Moderne, and IRCAM, a center for music and acoustic research. It is named after Georges Pompidou, who was president of France from 1969 to 1974, and was opened in January of 1977. The nearby Stravinsky Fountain (Fontaine des automates), features mechanical art works by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint-Phalle. The Pompidou Center is distinctive by its exposed skeleton of brightly-colored tubes for mechanical systems which has piping that is color-coded according to the contents: yellow for electricity, red for transport (elevators), blue for air, and green for water|
|Musée en Herbe (1st and 16th) was established in 1975 by Sylvie Girardet and Claire Merleau-Ponty and presents a series of art exhibits and workshops for children, based on the works of artists such as Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, and Niki de Saint Phalle.
~ 21 Rue Hérold ~
|Musée Jacquemart-Andre (8th) has a private collection of Italian Renaissance, 18th-century French masterpieces, and works by the Flemish masters.
They are housed in a typical 19th-century mansion.
~ 158, bd Haussmann ~
|Musée Louvre is the most visited and one of the oldest, largest, and most famous art galleries and museums in the world. It has a long history of artistic and historic conservation and was previously a royal palace. It holds some of the world's most famous works of art, such as Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, The Virgin and Child with St. Anne, Madonna of the Rocks, Jacques Louis David's Oath of the Horatii, Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People and Alexandros of Antioch's Venus de Milo. Located in the centre of the city of Paris, between the Rive Droite of the Seine and the rue de Rivoli in the 1er arrondissement, it is accessed by the Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre Metro station.|
|Musée Marmottan-Monet (16th) has a
collection of works by Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
The well-known "Impression Soleil Levant" by Monet is on display here.
~ 2, Rue Louis-Boilly ~
|Musée National Eugène Delacroix (6) is housed in part of the painter's apartment and studio of the great Romantic painter.
6, Rue de Furstenberg Paris 6e
|Musée National de la Marine (16th) has an extensive collection of models, cannons, and other items related to seafaring,
especially the French Navy. It has models from the 17th-century (the earliest being Colbert in 1678) to the present time.
Notable is the series of 13 images of French ports by Vernet and a barge commissioned for Napoléon.
~ Palais de Chaillot 17 Place du Trocadéro ~
|Musée National du Moyen Age (5th)
is housed in a 15th-century abbey, alongside 1st-century Gallo-Roman baths.
The museum has an extensive collection of medieval art and artifacts and highlights include the medieval "Lady and the Unicorn" tapestries, a papal golden rose, and the original heads from the façade of Notre Dame.
~ 6, place Paul Painlevé ~
|Musée de l'Orangerie (1st)
is near the Jardin des Tuileries and contains Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Chaim Soutine, Alfred Sisley. It is now reopened after extensive renovations and this small museum is near the Louvre. It houses the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collection, sold to the French Republic on very generous terms and numbering 143 paintings from the late 19th-century and the first half of the 20th-century.
~ Jardin des Tuileries 75001 Paris ~
|Musée d'Orsay is housed in a former Beaux-Arts railway station which was completed in 1900 for the Exposition Universelle
and later saved from demolition and converted to a museum.
It is an open-plan museum and home to works of the greatest artists of the 19th-century including Impressionists and post-Impressionists that were formerly displayed in the Louvre. This is perhaps the most spectacular collection of European impressionism in the world with breath-taking and spacious rooms full of Manet, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, and many others. Many of the works are displayed at eye level making them easy to examine and enjoy.
~ 1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur and rue de Lille ~
|Musée Picasso (3rd) is an art gallery located in the Hôtel Salé, in the Marais district, and most of the works by Picasso and others which were in the master's possession at the time of his death are on display here.
~ 5 Rue Thorigny ~
|Musée du quai Branly (7th)
features indigenous art, cultures and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.
It is innovative in that it combines elements of a museum, educational and research center, and public living-space. It is located on the banks of the Seine and close to the Eiffel Tower.
~ 37, quai Branly ~
|Musée Rodin (7th)
is a museum dedicated to the life and work of the great sculptor. The house contains an extensive collection, which is very well presented in a spacious building with large windows that may sometimes be opened in nice weather.
~ 77 Rue de Varenne ~
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